Interesting facts about the English language

There’s always something new and fascinating to discover when learning languages, so we have come up with some interesting facts about the English language, to keep you on your toes.

✔ First interesting fact about the English language: Panagram sentence

Did you know that a pangram sentence is one which contains every letter in the English alphabet?  The most common is, The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.  Great for practicing pronunciation.

SWIMS will be SWIMS when turned upside down; I can see you turning your head reading this!  Such words are called AMBIGRAMS.  Whereas a PALINDROME, is a word which reads the same forwards as it does backwards, eg, Madam, level or kayak, and look at this amazing sentence,  Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm. Now read it backwards!

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours, so it’s important to keep learning new vocabulary.

✔ Next interesting facts about the English language: Mouse Potato

Ever heard the term couch potato (someone who watches a lot of TV)? Well, mouse potato refers to someone who works on the computer a lot.

The most commonly used adjective is GOOD, here are some useful alternatives to make sure you are not repeating the same word AMAZING, FANTASTIC, GREAT, NICE, LOVELY, TERRIFIC AND SUPER.

If you wrote out all the numbers (e.g. one, two, three . . . ), you would not use the letter “b” until the word “billion“.

More people in the world have learnt English than there are native English speakers, so well done you guys!

No words in English rhyme with, orange, purple, silver or month!  Bookkeeper is the only English word that has 3 double letters.  The word ‘strengths’ is the longest word with just one vowel. Rhythms, is the longest English word without a vowel.   Skiing is the only word with a double I.  Polish is the only word in English that changes from a noun to a verb when the capital letter is in ‘lowercase’, polish.

The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas’.  Another great sentence when learning pronunciation.

✔ Most interesting facts about the English language: Tongue twisters

At NikaTeacher we love tongue twisters and here is the most difficult, “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”.  Try it, or better still next time you are in class, ask your classmates to try it, or even better, your English teacher!

Your knowledge depends on… friends, family, teachers?

And finally, pronunciation is the most commonly mispronounced word in English.

Do you have any weird or wonderful facts in your language, or any questions about languages, ‘drop us a line’ and we’ll get back to you.

Louise

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